Traveling to a new box? Check out these five CrossFit drop in etiquette reminders to help you be the best guest and have the best experience.
Whether you’re traveling for a business trip across the country or for an exotic vacation across the equator, it can be exciting to try out a new CrossFit box so you don’t miss out on your workout. Thankfully, one of the great things about CrossFit is the community, so you’re in luck.
But, make sure you scope out their rules first. Remember, CrossFit is an affiliate, not a franchise…so each box has their own guidelines for dropping in (programming, prices, etc.).
These five CrossFit drop in etiquette reminders will help you be prepared before you go…and be a good guest.
CrossFit Drop In Etiquette: What You Need to Know Before You Go.
1. Searching for a “Drop-In CrossFit Near Me”
Do your homework before you take off. Your best bet is to start by searching the CrossFit Affiliate Map or the “Wodifind” feature within your Wodify app. Once you find a couple CrossFit boxes near where you’ll be staying, Google them. Read their reviews and scope out their social media pages to get a feel for their vibe.
2. Consider Their CrossFit Drop-In Fee
Every box is different, so be sure to check their website for details.
Some boxes require you to have your home affiliate email them to confirm that you’ve completed their fundamentals class.
Some have particular classes for drop-ins (you’ll usually find this in vacation spots), others allow drop-ins for any class. Don’t expect to just show up and have free-reign of their gym.
Some boxes require you to book your spot in class and pay ahead of time online, others will discount the drop-in fee if you buy a t-shirt. Either way, expect to pay – as a traveling guest, you’re a “drop-in,” not a “free-trial.”
Always email or call them ahead of time to get the scoop on their policies, especially if you’re traveling over a holiday.
3. Allow Enough Time
Early is On Time, On Time is Late, and Late is Unacceptable.
Allow enough time to fill out your waiver, pay for your drop-in and hey, you’ve been traveling…you’ll probably need to mobilize. Take a minute to introduce yourself to the coach and a few members, familiarize yourself with the gym and scope out their t-shirts! You can never have enough CrossFit swag, am I right?
Nothing is worse than having a new face show up in the middle of a warm up and trying to get them situated while keeping the rest of the class going.
4. Know Your Abilities
Whether you’re an elite athlete or fresh out of fundamentals, you’re a newbie to them. Know your own abilities and limitations…and remember to leave your ego at the door. Now’s not the time to attempt your first RX workout if it’s way beyond your abilities.
And if you’re nursing an injury, be sure to inform the coach ahead of time (you know, when you arrive early).
5. Leave on a Good Note
Remember the universal rule, no matter where you go: be a good guest & clean up after yourself. Put away your equipment, disinfect your things and hey, if you spilled some chalk, clean that up, too.
Visiting other CrossFit boxes is a lot of fun. So, don’t be afraid to snap a selfie and take a moment to drop them a review on their Facebook or Google page. Reviews are extremely valuable to a small business.
Dropping in at CrossFit Salus, Middletown NJ?
Traveling to the Middletown, New Jersey area? We’d love to have you!
We’re located at 1706 State Highway 35 in Middletown, NJ (Located in the Fountain Ridge Plaza). We’re soon moving to 1680 (same plaza).